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"There were just 2280 stolen bases in 2019, the lowest figure in a non-strike season since 1973, when there were 20% fewer teams. There were 776 sacrifices, the fewest in recorded history (since 1894). Over the course of the 2010s, baseball lost half its sacrifices, a quarter of its steals, and 10% of its singles. That’s strategic progress on one hand, and a sharp decline in action, in movement, in things to watch from Section 312, on the other."